PPAS Campus News
June 2019
Vol. 8, No. 3
Summer Greetings
Kim Warner Interim President
In late May, the graduates of the Class of 2019 knelt on the lawn at the school, as is their tradition after the graduation ceremony. One of the students leads them and the surrounding faculty, family and friends in prayer. The final shared activity on the campus is flinging their caps in the air!

It is due to your faithful support of our friends and donors that all these events took place. Although the campus is now void of students for the summer, I can assure you that the staff is hard at work preparing for next year. There is maintenance to do, planning to get done and tasks in general that are a part of sharing life on a campus dedicated to preparing students for life as a leader when they graduate in 2020, 2021, and so on.

Graduates I have met say simply “Pan Am changed my life,” and that is all I need to hear to know that our mission is being accomplished. Thank you for your faithful support of our ministry!

Mr. Kim E. Warner,
Interim President
'Hats Off' to the Class of 2019!
Hats Off
The latest convocation of PPAS Eagles has flown from our nest! Faculty and staff, members of the Board of Trustees, and families and friends of the graduates gathered in the Harte Student Center for commencement on Saturday, May 18. Camila Arjona of Mexico City, Mexico was named Valedictorian, and Gabriela Sanchez from Minatitlan, Veracruz, earned the rank of Salutatorian.

As these graduates soar towards the next chapter of their lives, we are confident that God goes with them. Congratulations to all of our graduating seniors who are already being missed on campus!

Camila Arjona Valedictorian
"Coming to Pan Am meant getting to live in an environment where people choose to support each other. Where friendship means more than competition. Where I finally got to experience the meaning of community."

Camila Arjona, Valedictorian - PPAS Class of 2019
'Coming Back to Give Back'

 What a pleasure it was to have members of the Class of 1969 and 1979 back on campus on Saturday, May 25, 2019 to celebrate their 50th and 40th class reunions, respectively. And, what a wonderful surprise (and blessing) it was to receive a donation of $9,000 from the Class of 1969 to the Arnoldo Lopez Memorial Scholarship Fund. Then, to top it off, another check in the amount of $30,000 was presented by Laura Frischeisen '69 from her church, North Shore Presbyterian in Great Neck, NY to the same fund for a grand total of $39,000!

The Class of 1979 announced their intent to raise an additional $1,000 to take this total to an even $40,000, with additional plans forthcoming for future fundraising efforts. We are so grateful to all of our former students not only for "coming back," but also for "giving back" to their beloved Pan Am!
Class of 1969 and 1979 Reunion
There is no doubt about the lasting impact Pan Am has made on the lives of students who study, work, learn, pray and worship here.

 "We learned to appreciate the differences and similarities we had. We learned how teenagers around the world are pretty much the same. We've come to learn the dedication and love our teachers had for us as students. And, we have realized the discipline and work ethic that was demanded of us has made us who we are today!"

Tommy Moreno, Jr., Class of 1979
Three Generations of Eagles
A Family Affair

For Class of 2019 graduate Omar Ortiz, graduation day was extra special. He was joined on stage by his father Omar Ortiz Castilleja '79 and grandmother Norma Castilleja '55 (Pres-Mex), making this graduation ceremony a true family affair.

What a joyous occasion it was to have three generations of Eagles joining together to share this unique experience. We were all glad to be a part of this, and we're sure the Ortiz family will cherish this memory for many years to come!
Students Awarded Legacy Scholarships
 Each year, scholarships are awarded to graduating and returning students. Each of the awards commemorates someone significant to the school’s history; and the recipients exemplify the namesake’s personality and passion.

Congratulations to the outstanding recipients of this year's awards:

  • Camila Arjona- Berta Murray Award
  • Esteban Gonzalez - Skinner/McLane President's Award
  • Omar Ortiz - Perry Reed Award
  • Rogelio Martinez - Elena Reisner Eagle Award
  • Neider Cruz- Jorge Lara Braud Award
  • Barbara Cano - Rev. Isaac Santiago de Lugo Award
  • Samiel Pineda - Ralph L. Buell, Jr. Award
  • Jonathan Velazquez - Linda Jacob Evans Memorial Scholarship
Berta Murray Award
Camila Arjona
Skinner McLane Presidents Award
Esteban Gonzalez
Perry Reed Award
Omar Ortiz
2018-2019 Annual Report
2018-2019 Annual Report Coming Soon!

Check your mailbox (or inbox) later in July for our current Annual Report and read about how our Eagles soared high during the 2018-2019 school year - thanks to the support of all of our generous donors. It's a read you won't want to miss!
Our beliefs are at the core of everything we do. We believe in developing leaders to transform communities in a global society. We believe all students deserve an exemplary education in a safe environment. We believe in nurturing relationships and providing spiritual formations for our students. We believe in unity, ethics, and the dignity of work.
Presbyterian Pan American School
223 N. FM 772
P.O. Box 1578
Kingsville, TX 78363
Phone: 361-592-4307